About Vitamin B-6 And Supplements

by humagaia

Vitamin B6 promotes protein & carbohydrate metabolism; release of energy; and is involved in more chemical processes in the body than any other vitamin. RDA = 1.2mg to 1.4mg.

Supplementary Vitamin B6 helps with the following conditions:
cardiovascular disease
stroke
depression
insomnia
carpel tunnel syndrome
PMS
asthma
acne
and others.

Vitamin B-6

Pyridoxine, Pyridoxamine and Pyridoxal

Vitamin B6 is also known as pyridoxine, pyridoxamine and pyridoxal.

It promotes the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and the release of energy.

It is thought to be involved in more bodily chemical processes than any other vitamin.

Vitamin B6 promotes proper nerve function and the synthesis of red blood cells.

Vitamin B6 101

Up to 1/5th of women and 1/5th of elderly people do not obtain enough of this critically important vitamin from their daily diet.

Vitamin B6 :

  • Helps prevent cardiovascular disease and strokes.
  • Helps to lift depression.
  • Eases insomnia.
  • Treats carpel tunnel syndrome.
  • May lessen PMS symptoms.
  • Helps to relieve asthma attacks.
  • Helps with the control of acne.

Warning: Long-term use of high doses of vitamin B6 may cause nerve damage.

What is Vitamin B6?

Vitamin B6 is involved in many essential bodily chemical reactions. Its primary function is as a coenzyme, an agent that acts with enzymes to speed chemical reactions in cells.

In supplement form, vitamin B6 is available as pyridoxine hydrochloride, or pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P). Either of these forms of supplement satisfy most needs, however, P-5-P may be more easily absorbed.

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What Does Vitamin B6 Do?

A few of the functions of vitamin B6 are:

  • Forms red blood cells.
  • Helps cells to make proteins.
  • Manufactures brain chemicals (neurotransmitters), such as serotonin.
  • Releases stored forms of energy.

It is also thought to be a factor in preventing and treating many diseases.

Supplementing your diet with vitamin B6:

  • Helps to prevent heart disease.
  • With folic acid and vitamin B12, it assists in the processing of homocysteine.
    Homocysteine is an amino acid-like compound linked with an increased risk of heart disease when large amounts are present in the blood.

There are still other benefits associated with vitamin B6. It:

  • Provides relief in some women suffering from PMS.
  • Clears excess oestrogen from the body.
  • May reduce the likelihood of epileptic seizures.
  • Improves the mood of people suffering depression.
  • Maintains nerve health.
  • Assists people with diabetes who are at risk of nerve damage.
  • Eases the effects of carpel tunnel syndrome.
  • May reduce the intensity and frequency of attacks of asthma, especially for those taking the drug theophylline.
  • Can relieve morning sickness (safe at dosages of 25mg a day – but check with your doctor).

Vitamin B6 Supplements

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How Much Vitamin B6 Do You Need?

The recommended daily level of intake of vitamin B6 is 1.2mg a day for women, and 1.4mg a day for men. Doses may be higher for therapeutic uses.

Around 1/5th of all women fail to get the recommended dosage daily. Women taking oral contraceptives are especially prone to having low levels of this vitamin.

If you get too little vitamin B6:

  • Mild deficiency can raise levels of homocysteine, increasing the risk of heart and vascular problems.
  • Stress, anxiety, confusion and depression.
  • Itchy, scaly skin.
  • Smooth red tongue.
  • Weight loss.
  • Severe deficiency (rare) causes symptoms of dermatitis, sores around he mouth and acne.
  • Neurological signs include insomnia, depression and in extreme cases, seizures and brain wave abnormalities.

If you get too much vitamin B6 (more than 2000mg per day):

  • Can cause sensory nerve degeneration (reversible) if taken for long periods.
  • Sometimes doses of 200mg a day can have the same effect.
  • If you take vitamin B6 for nerve pain you should consult your doctor if any new numbness or tingling occurs.

Vitamin B6 Tablets & Capsules

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Warning: Stop taking vitamin B6 if this occurs.

Doses of up to 100mg a day are known to be safe, even if taken over a long period.

How much B6 do you need?

How To Take Vitamin B6.

  • Keep homocysteine levels in check with 3mg a day (a dose of up to 50mg a day may be recommended).
  • For PMS a dose of 100mg a day has been recommended.
  • For acute carpel tunnel syndrome you may try 50mg three times a day (or P-5-P).
  • For asthma 50mg twice a day is recommended.

Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate Tablets

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In all cases you should consult your doctor.

Vitamin B6 supplements should be taken in amounts less than 100mg at a time.

This will aid absorption.

If you are taking higher doses, then keeping to a regime of less than 100mg at a time will reduce the possibility of nerve damage.

How to take Vitamin B6

Other Sources Of Vitamin B6.

Vitamin B6 is found in:

  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Meat
  • Chickpeas
  • Grains and cereals
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Potatoes
  • Soya beans
  • Avocardos
  • Bananas - one 50mg vitamin B6 supplement provides the equivalent B6 to 75 bananas.

Sources, Benefits And RDA For Vitamin B6

All the above are good sources of vitamin B6.

Updated: 03/30/2012, humagaia
 
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cmoneyspinner on 02/25/2014

Good to know.

humagaia on 09/20/2012

So many benefits, so little effort!

katiem2 on 09/20/2012

I'm going to ramp up my b6 vitamins. The b vitamins are so vital to maintain good health and prevent disease. Not to mention it gives us energy... :)K

humagaia on 08/03/2012

Thanks Brenda

BrendaReeves on 08/03/2012

Thanks for the article. My mother has macular degeneration. Vitamins are the only treatment for that. I've started taking them too. I'm linking this to my article Walk on a Treadmill while you work.

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